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Any Given Sunday
Play or be Played.
A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the aging coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to the pressure of winning. The new owner must prove her self in a male dominated world.
A big steaming pile of shit, but a crazy, ambitious one that I can't help but admire. For all its OTT editing techniques, some sequences are cut together perfectly. But for the most part, the film is too "grand" for its own good. On the acting front, Foxx and Pacino are great here, even if they're just yelling all their lines. And Diaz isn't bad, unlike what everyone says.
But that "eye" scene really bugged me (if you've seen the film, you know what I'm talking about). It just seemed so out of place and was a terrible attempt at humor. This film as a whole, like I said, is a mess, but it's such a bloated and energetic mess that I'll have to give it a pass. For now.
I remember when I saw this film for the very first time ... I was in high school ... my sophomore year on the football team ... and it was a friday afternoon after school ended. The football team always stayed after school, and we would all hang out in the locker room and relax, just getting out minds off things to help us prepare for the night's game. Sometimes we would even watch football movies. Well, on this day, we watched "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY", and I can tell you right now ... my first impression/opinion of this film when I first saw it all the way back then ... it has not changed one single bit.
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Oliver Stone is a self-indulgent filmmaker. It's just what he does. As early as Platoon, he was indulging the viewer in the cruel and deceitful side of war, a tell all of his personal accounts and he was rewarded accolade after accolade for it. I believe after this, his ego was inflated to an unmeasurable degree. His films continued a mountainside climb of scope and rigid bias and coked up editing and unfiltered testosterone.
I don't believe a sport in movies has been as glorified as it is in Any Given Sunday. Stone strives to pound me into submission with a nonstop barrage of editing that turns character into parody and plot into a music video. He splices clips of…
keeps hammering at the idea that money/corporatization poisoned the purity of the sport, but not even Stone seems to believe that bullshit. his narrative is compromised by the demands of an audience-friendly underdog come-from-behind sports movie. but if you're like me you showed up for his crackpot associative indictment of masculinity, something he directly compares to a competition that's supposedly no longer meaningful. and as for football, Stone prefigures DJANGO UNCHAINED with Jamie Foxx's attacks on the sport as institutionalized, culturally valorized Mandingo fighting. making a satire out of a sprawling subject like this requires a pretty deft touch, one Stone doesn't really possess. thankfully he makes polemics instead.
Oliver Stone lacks discipline.
This mantra kept lingering in my head throughout Any Given Sunday, a film that proves Oliver Stone should be smacked across his face and sent to bed without any dinner, until he learns how to make a proper film.
The film's true problem lies in its editing. Stone seems to be so concerned with creating chaotic, frustrating montages that feel more like a disorganized and uninteresting movie than scenes from a cohesive film. Any time a scene is developed between two characters that feels remotely interesting and dramatic, Stone ruins it with his ridiculous editing style.
It doesn't help either that at 157 minutes, the film feels way too long. Maybe at two hours, I would…
I have quite enjoyed every Oliver Stone movie I have watched thus far. The one that reaaaaally blew me away was Natural Born Killers. He had a style in that one that was so ENERGETIC and INNOVATIVE. My goodness it was breathtaking. This film has a similar technique. It's like a war film, fast cutting, disorienting shots. I really enjoyed it. What separates this movie though from NBK is that this one, unfortunately, doesn't have as much content to balance out the impressive technical filmmaking.
Had the movie been done without the Stone approach I can't imagine another director being able to enhance the flat screenplay. There is an interesting cast of characters, with many great actors playing them, but…
My favorite Oliver Stone film.
Aunque es una historia coral e intenta profundizar en los personajes solo lo consigue parcialmente porque no busca culpables, solo nos enseña recovecos de la acción, creando una especie de cuento moderno rodado en modo videoclip.
Un buen espectáculo al que se le perdona el abultado metraje.
I won't deny this was one entertaining, full-throttle film, and I am no fan of American football.
There is a lot of good stuff buried in there, and the long runtime flew by... but with Stone at the helm and a great cast on board, there should be more to it than surface-level stuff.
And the crazy editing and camera-work really is a bit much.
as far as football movies go, I thought this one was written pretty well. it covered not only the game & the players' drama, but also the scemantics of football (the injuries, the business aspect, etc.). I felt it was well acted for the most part and that this movie did it's job well to get my heart pounding when it needed to. the only downfall was the filming. the harshest, most needless cuts I've ever seen in a movie and absolutely proposterous angles. it really ruined the movie for me. I would have never expected this lack of direction from Oliver Stone and it was a great disappointment. could have been better.
The most over-the-top football movie ever made. You really have to let yourself go to enjoy yelly Pacino. The soundtrack has not aged well. No, sir. Not at all.
Entertaining in spite of itself.
This might be my favourite Oliver Stone film aside from Platoon.
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